Posts Tagged ‘ war ’

Russian, Ukrainian regimes swap prisoners

May 25, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Russia and Ukraine appeared close Wednesday to wrapping up a high-level prisoner swap with a Ukrainian helicopter pilot dubbed the country's 'Joan of Arc' traded for two Russian servicemen accused of being members of Russian military intelligence. The pilot, Nadezhda Savchenko, was back in Ukraine's capital Kiev, said a message posted on Twitter by Ukraine's president Poro Poroshenko. That appeared to set in motion the release of the two Russians, but official details had not been made by either side. The Ukrainian, Lt. Nadiya Savchenko, and the Russians - Capt. Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Sgt. Alexander Alexandrov -- were all captured during fighting in [Donetsk People's Republic], where pro-Russian separatists have carved out an unrecognized [sic] statelet after two years of war with Kiev." (05/25/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russia-frees-imprisoned-ukrainian-pilot-in-dramatic-prisoner-swap-say-reports/2016/05/25/75ccaed4-24e9-4f1a-bbf6-ccb17a4d9c00_story.html  

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Afghanistan: Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour’s death

May 25, 2016
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US News & World Report US News & World Report    

"The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor -- a scholar known for extremist views who is unlikely to back a peace process with Kabul. The announcement came as a suicide bomber struck a minibus carrying court employees in the Afghan capital, killing at least 11 people, an official said. The Taliban promptly claimed responsibility for the attack." (05/25/16)

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2016-05-25/afghan-taliban-appoint-new-leader-after-mansours-death  

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Iraq: Regime forces begin battle to retake Fallujah from Islamic State

May 23, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"In a televised address on Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that, 'In the early hours of the morning today, the heroic fighters advanced from different sides' under the directive to recapture 'all the areas occupied by (the Islamic State) around Falluja.' Fallujah, about 30 miles west of Baghdad, has a recent history of heavy combat. The city served as the backdrop for two major American assaults in 2004 during the American Iraq War -- assaults where US troops saw some of the fiercest fighting since the Vietnam war. In January 2014 Fallujah was taken by anti-government fighters and established as a stronghold for the Islamic State." (05/23/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2016/0523/Iraqi-forces-begin-battle-to-retake-Fallujah-from-ISIS  

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Yemen: Islamic state bomber kills Saudi quisling regime army recruits in Aden

May 23, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"At least 40 people, most of them army recruits, have been killed in two bomb attacks claimed by so-called Islamic State (IS) in the Yemeni city of Aden. In the first, a suicide bomber targeted young men queuing to enlist at the home of a senior army commander. Shortly afterwards there was a second blast at a nearby army base. Aden is serving as the temporary home of [a puppet regime set up by Saudi invaders] while it seeks to regain control of the capital, Sanaa, from the Houthi rebel [sic] movement." (05/23/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36357133  

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Syria: Multiple blasts in regime stronghold kill 80

May 23, 2016
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US News & World Report US News & World Report    

"A series of explosions rocked two normally quiet coastal government strongholds in Syria Monday, killing more than 80 people and wounding 200 others, state media and opposition activists said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks. The deadly blasts in the peaceful pro-government cities of Tartus and Jableh were the first of their kind targeting civilians in those areas during Syria's civil war, now in its sixth year. The targets included bus stations and a hospital, and marked an escalation in the conflict as world powers struggle to restart peace talks in Geneva." (05/23/16)

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2016-05-23/syria-tv-more-than-20-killed-in-explosions-in-coastal-city  

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Iraq: US claims Islamic State’s “Desert Lion” killed in airstrike

May 10, 2016
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Newsweek    

"The U.S.-led coalition killed a mid-level Islamic State militant group (ISIS) fighter named 'Desert Lion,' who became notorious for his brutality, in an air strike in Iraq, the Pentagon said on Monday. The Pentagon confirmed that an air strike killed Shaker Wahib in Iraq’s western Anbar province alongside three fellow militants on Friday." (05/10/16)

http://www.newsweek.com/us-kills-isis-desert-lion-executioner-iraq-air-strike-457858  

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Pakistan: Bomb blast near university in Balochistan kills two policemen

May 10, 2016
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Firstpost [India]    

"At least two policemen were killed and five others injured on Tuesday in a bomb blast targeting a traffic police post in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province. The explosion occurred near the Balochistan University in provincial capital Quetta. Baluchistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said that a traffic police post was the target of the bombing." (05/10/16)

http://www.firstpost.com/world/bomb-blast-near-university-in-balochistan-kills-two-policemen-2774544.html?utm_source=FP_CAT_LATEST_NEWS  

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Activists: New airstrikes in northern Syria kill at least ten

May 10, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Syrian activist groups say two airstrikes on a northwestern Syrian town have killed at least 10 people. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees said Tuesday's attack on the town of Binnish also wounded dozens. The LCC says the warplanes were Syrian while the Observatory says it wasn't clear if they were Syrian or Russian." (05/10/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/05/10/activists-new-airstrikes-in-northern-syria-kill-at-least-10.html  

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Syria: Aleppo fighting rages as US, Russian regimes try to revive truce

May 10, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Syrian government forces and their allies fought insurgents near Aleppo on Monday and jets conducted raids around a nearby town seized by Islamist rebels, a monitoring group said, as Syria's military said a ceasefire in Aleppo would be extended by 48 hours starting on Tuesday. A recent surge in bloodshed in Aleppo, Syria's largest city before the war, wrecked the 10-week-old, partial truce sponsored by Washington and Moscow that had allowed U.N.-brokered peace talks to convene in Geneva. The United States and Russia, which support rival sides in the civil war, said they would work to revive the February 'cessation of hostilities' agreement that reduced fighting in parts of the country for several weeks." (05/09/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-aleppo-idUSKCN0Y00ZH  

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Egypt: Islamic State claims slaughter of policemen near Cairo

May 9, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Militants opened fire on a microbus filled with plainclothes police in a Cairo suburb early Sunday, killing eight of them, including an officer, in an attack claimed by a local Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) affiliate. The attack was the deadliest in the heavily policed capital since November, when gunmen attacked a security checkpoint, killing four policemen. That attack was also claimed by the local ISIS affiliate. Egypt's state-run MENA news agency said the policemen were inspecting security in the south Cairo suburb of Helwan early Sunday when four gunmen in a pickup opened fire on them." (05/08/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-claims-slaughter-egyptian-policemen-cairo/  

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Syria: US declares Aleppo cease-fire, Assad regime says only for 48 hours

May 5, 2016
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Fort Dodge Messenger    

"Sporadic violence persisted in Aleppo on Wednesday as U.S. officials announced an agreement had been reached with Russia to extend Syria's fragile cease-fire to the deeply contested northern city. The Syrian military said the truce would last only 48 hours. Restoration of a partial truce would bring relief to residents on both sides of Syria's largest city after two weeks of relentless violence that has killed nearly 300 people, destroyed hospitals and brought it to the brink of humanitarian disaster." (05/04/16)

http://www.messengernews.net/page/content.detail/id/1157974/US-declares-Aleppo-cease-fire--Syria-says-only-for-48-hours.html?isap=1&nav=5022  

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Iraq: US Navy SEAL killed after Islamic State fighters break through Peshmerga lines

May 4, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in Iraq as a result of a 'coordinated and complex attack' by roughly 100 ISIS fighters nearly 30 kilometers north of Mosul, Pentagon officials confirmed Tuesday. ISIS used multiple vehicles, suicide car bombs and bulldozers to break through a checkpoint at the front line and drive 3 to 5 kilometers to the Peshmerga base where SEALs are temporarily visiting and were located as advisers, a U.S. defense official told CNN. The gun battle was around the town of Telskof in northern Iraq, the official added." [editor's note: I guess they think they can re-cycle the "advisers" fiction now that it's been half a century since it last fell apart - TLK] (05/03/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/03/politics/us-service-member-killed-iraq-mosul/  

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“Kill them”: Islamic State hackers publish hit list of 75 US drone terrorists

May 2, 2016
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Hindustan Times [India]    

"ISIS hackers have published a 'hitlist' of over 70 US military personnel who have been involved in drone strikes against terror targets in Syria and asked their followers to 'kill them wherever they are.' According to 'The Sunday Times,' the hackers have links with Britain and call themselves 'Islamic State Hacking Division' and circulated online the names, home addresses and photographs of more than 70 US staff, including women and urged supporters: 'Kill them wherever they are, knock on their doors and behead them, stab them, shoot them in the face or bomb them.'" (05/02/16)

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world/kill-them-isis-hackers-publish-hit-list-of-75-us-military-personnel/story-RkzPZSUk7GOyU4Ven0R4gP.html  

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Iraq: Car bombing kills at least 18 pilgrims in Baghdad

May 2, 2016
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Seattle Times    

"An explosives-laden car detonated on Monday in the Iraqi capital, killing at least 18 Shiite pilgrims who were commemorating the anniversary of the death of a revered imam, officials said. Shortly after the explosion, the Sunni extremist Islamic State group, which sees Shiite Muslims as apostates, claimed responsibility for the attack in an online statement. It said the assault was carried out by a suicide bomber, but Iraqi officials denied that." (05/02/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/iraq-car-bombing-kills-at-least-13-pilgrims-in-baghdad/  

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Iraq: The interventionist hellhole

May 2, 2016
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"When Vice President Joseph Biden traveled to Iraq a few days ago, he did it, as always, under a shroud of secrecy. The mainstream press was asked in advance to keep the trip secret and dutifully complied. Biden declined to spend the night in Iraq, staying only 10 hours before whisking away to Italy, where presumably he slept safe and sound. Why all the secrecy? Why didn't Biden stay in Baghdad a few days, walk the streets, do a little shopping, visit with the people, and tour the country? After all, isn't this the country that the U.S. government invaded and regime-changed under the military rubric 'Operation Iraqi Freedom?'" (05/02/16)

http://fff.org/2016/05/02/iraq-interventionist-hellhole/  

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Syria: At least 14 Doctors Without Borders staff, patients killed in Aleppo airstrikes

April 29, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"A wave of nighttime airstrikes hit a hospital in Syria supported by Doctors Without Borders and nearby buildings in the rebel-held part of the contested city of Aleppo, killing as many as 27 people, including 14 doctors and patients -- among them children and one of the last pediatricians in war-torn Syria, the international medical aid group reported. The strikes, blamed on the embattled government in Damascus, came shortly before midnight Wednesday and hit the well-known al-Quds field hospital in the rebel-held district of Sukkari in Aleppo, according to opposition activists and rescue workers." (04/28/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/04/28/at-least-27-killed-as-wave-airstrikes-hit-near-hospital-in-contested-syrian-city.html  

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It’s not about drones, it’s about lazy war

April 29, 2016
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Lucy Steigerwald Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Someday perhaps very soon we in the US are going to be very sorry that we normalized drone warfare. Not, again, because the tech is inherently wicked. Or that it should be restricted heavily (because then law enforcement and military will claim exceptions). No, it’s just that drones are brilliant tools for keeping a lazy, constant presence in other countries. And someday soon, they will be used in a terrorist attack." (04/29/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2016/04/28/not-drones-lazy-war/  

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Iraq: US, allied forces conduct strikes

April 27, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"The United States and its allies conducted 23 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq on Tuesday, the coalition leading the operations said in a statement on its latest round of daily strikes against the militant group. The strikes were concentrated near Falluja, Mosul, Qayyarah and Tal Afar, the Combined Joint Task Force said in the statement released on Wednesday." (04/27/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-airstrikes-idUSKCN0XO1E4  

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America can’t do much about ISIS

April 20, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Stephen Biddle and Jacob Shapiro  

"In 2003, David Petraeus, then a division commander in Iraq, famously asked 'tell me how this ends?' in reference to the conflict just starting there. It was a good question then, and it's a good question now. The war against the Islamic State gets a lot of attention, much of it focused on the immediate: Is the war going better or worse this month than last month? Is the Islamic State gaining ground or losing it? Are U.S. air strikes killing more Islamic State leaders or fewer? But these things only matter if they contribute to an ultimate end to the conflict on terms the United States can live with. Will they? In fact, we have a lot of evidence on wars like this and how they typically end. But it's not a very encouraging story." (04/20/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/04/isis-containment-civil-war/478725/  

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Deal reached to evacuate besieged Syrians

April 20, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Syrian activists and the Lebanese Al-Manar TV say a deal has been reached to evacuate 500 residents from four besieged Syrian communities. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday six people were evacuated on medical grounds from Foua and Kfraya villages while two were evacuated from Zabadani in the deal sponsored by the United Nations and coordinated by the Red Crescent. The U.N. declined comment. The evacuation would be the first major one since a February cease-fire, which has all but collapsed amid renewed violence." (04/20/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/the-latest-syrian-group-says-ceasefire-effectively-over/2016/04/20/59f35e02-06e6-11e6-bfed-ef65dff5970d_story.html  

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Afghanistan: Hundreds injured in Kabul suicide attack

April 19, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"At least seven people were killed and more than 300 people were injured after an explosion rocked Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday morning, according to the country's health ministry. A suicide car bomber caused the explosion, said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi. The attack targeted the office of a security team that works to protect the government's VIPs, an Afghan police official said. The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, the group said in a statement." (04/19/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/19/asia/kabul-explosion/  

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Afghanistan: Rise in civilian casualties at hands of regime forces

April 18, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"An increasing number of Afghan civilians are killed and injured at the hands of government forces fighting extremist groups, according to the UN. A report released on Sunday, documenting the first three months of 2016, shows a 70% rise in civilian casualties caused by pro-government forces, with 127 killed and 242 wounded. A total of 600 civilians were killed and 1,343 injured during that period, a 2% increase in total casualties but a 13% drop in fatalities. A growing proportion of those civilians are women and children. This year, one-third of civilian casualties have been children, a 29% jump from last year." (04/17/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/17/rise-in-afghan-civilian-casualties-caused-by-pro-government-forces-taliban  

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DoD vs. CIA: Syria edition

April 14, 2016
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Abigail R. Hall Blanco Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco  

"In 1979, the U.S. government chose to arm a rebel group sympathetic to U.S. interests in an attempt to drive out the Soviets. While the policy did have the desired short-term effects -- the USSR withdrew from the country -- the long-term consequences left much to be desired. Those same rebels, who were once described by President Reagan as 'freedom fighters,' formed the basis of the Taliban. Decades later, these once 'moderate' rebels were on the receiving end of a U.S. invasion. Alas, bureaucrats tend not to learn from their mistakes or those of their predecessors. The U.S. government began sending weapons and aid to Syrian rebel groups. They delivered some 50 tons of ammunition, in a single night alone. The U.S. government did not just arm one group, but attempted to coordinate dozens of rebel groups to achieve a common mission. What could possibly go wrong?" (04/14/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/04/14/dod-vs-cia-syria-edition/  

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Afghanistan: Eight killed in attack on police convoy

April 14, 2016
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Daily Pakistan [Pakistan]    

"As many as eight police official[s] were Thursday killed when a group of armed people attacked police convoy in Afghanistan’s Takhar province. ... None of the insurgent groups, including those associated with Taliban, have claimed responsibility for the attack." (04/14/16)

http://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/world/eight-killed-in-attack-on-convoy-of-afghan-police/  

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How Clinton encouraged Obama’s biggest blunder

April 13, 2016
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Nathan Goodman  

"Barack Obama recently said that his biggest blunder was 'failing to plan for the day after' his intervention in Libya. While he defended the intervention itself, the president cannot deny that his reckless war has had disastrous consequences, including a growing ISIS presence in Libya. Hillary Clinton eagerly pressured the president to overthrow Moammar Gaddafi. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates recalls that, 'The president told me that it was one of the closest decisions he'd ever made, sort of 51-49, and I'm not sure that he would've made that decision if Secretary Clinton hadn't supported it.' After overthrowing Gaddafi, Clinton proclaimed triumph, saying 'We came. We saw. He died.' The U.S. intervention killed a dictator, but it certainly didn’t bring freedom or security to Libya." (04/12/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/44517  

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